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Library and Information Science Dissertations and Theses

Library and Information Science Dissertations and Theses

Best Reference Sources for Doctoral and Master's Dissertations and Thesis in Library and Information Science; LIS Ph.D. and MLIS Thesis and Dissertations. 

General reference databases are listed first which is followed by the repositories and digital libraries of individual countries and universities. It also provides information on the online availability of electronic theses in the library and information science through centrally-maintained digital repositories which not only ensure easy access and archiving of doctoral theses but will also help in raising the standard and quality of research.

Theses and dissertations are known to be the rich and unique source of information, often the only source of research work that does not find its way into various publication channels. Theses and dissertations remain an untapped and under-utilized asset, leading to unnecessary duplication and repetition.

This entry Library and Information Science Dissertations and Theses in the Librarian's Reference Directory is expected to be the most comprehensive listing of sources of information on LIS dissertations and theses. It will enable LIS researchers with wider dissemination of information leading to improved referral and citation. It will not only bring more visibility and greater recognition to the researchers and their work but also help improve their rankings. It will be of immense help to the researchers in the task of literature search and review of related areas. Besides the literature reviews, the availability of comprehensive sources of LIS dissertations and thesis will give information on research studies already undertaken which will also help future researchers in identifying and formulating the topic of their research. It will eliminate the possibilities for researchers ending up pursuing a topic of research that has already been undertaken at the same or other universities.

  1. General Collections of LIS Dissertations and Thesis 
  2. LIS Dissertations and Thesis from the United States and Canada
  3. LIS Dissertations and Thesis from Other Countries
  4. LIS Dissertations and Thesis Bibliography 



ProQuest Dissertations & ThesesSubscription Required - The largest single repository of graduate dissertations and theses. Includes 3.8 million works – grows by 100K each year International scope – deposits from universities in 88 countries. Accessed by 3000 institutions – over 45,000 downloads every month.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

PQDT Open (ProQuest) - Free - PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. You can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.

PQDT Open (ProQuest)

WorldCat Dissertations and ThesesSubscription Required - All dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members and included in WorldCat. This database provides fast and convenient access to the dissertations and theses available in OCLC member libraries. Many theses are available electronically, at no charge, directly from the publishing institution.

WorldCat Dissertations and Theses
WorldCat Dissertations and Theses - Free - In advanced search under the tab "Content" select "Thesis/dissertations" - WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories that participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative. It is operated by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. The subscribing member libraries collectively maintain WorldCat's database.

Center for Research Libraries - Free - Dissertations From Outside the U.S. and Canada (CRL) - In advance search select "Dissertations" in "Location" tab) - The Center for Research Libraries, a consortial library in Chicago holds about 750,000 foreign doctoral dissertations, but not all of them are cataloged. You can order the dissertations and other materials they own through Interlibrary Loan and keep them for a relatively long period of time. If you do not find the title you want, please contact the person dealing with publication requests at CRL: they will order those dissertations that are not already held.

Center for Research Libraries

e-LiS (E-Prints in Library & Information Science) - Free - In Advance Search under "Item type" select "thesis" - Established in 2003, e-LIS is an international digital repository for Library and Information Science (LIS). It has grown to include a team of volunteer editors and support for 22 languages. The development of an international LIS network has been stimulated by the extension of the Open Access concept to LIS works and facilitated by the dissemination of material within the LIS community. These are some of the reasons for the success of e-LIS. In a few years, e-LIS has been established as the largest international open repository in the field of library and information science.

e-LiS (E-Prints in Library & Information Science)

OpenThesis - Free - OpenThesis is a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools.

Open Access Theses and Dissertations - Free - aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 3,236,273 theses and dissertations.

Open Access Theses and Dissertations

NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) - Free - The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). It supports electronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide.

NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations)

Library and Information Science Commons - Free - The Digital Commons Network provides free access to full-text scholarly articles and other research from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, this dynamic research tool includes peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work. Clicking "Explore" anywhere on the multicolored Discipline Wheel opens a Commons page for a particular academic discipline. From here, you may browse popular and recently added articles, search all content, or "Follow" authors and publications to receive monthly email updates on new work in that field. You'll never run into pay walls or empty records, because only full-text, open-access research and scholarship are included in the Network.

Library and Information Science Commons
Library and Information Science Commons


IDEALS (Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship) - Free -  IDEALS Home - School of Information Sciences - Student Publications and Research - Library and Information Science - Dissertations and Theses - Library and Information Science.

Digital Library of Information Science & Technology (DLIST) - Free - Dissertations - The University of Arizona Campus Repository - There is a drop-down menu in front of "Search", select "UA Theses and Dissertation" - The UA Dissertations Collection provides open access to dissertations produced at the University of Arizona, including dissertations submitted online from 2005-present, and dissertations from 1924-2006 that were digitized from paper and microfilm holdings.

Theses Canada Portal - Free - Guide to the 300,000 or so theses held in the Library and Archives Canada Collection. About 50,000 are online.


Shodhganga - Free - A reservoir of Theses from India - The Shodhganga@INFLIBNET Centre provides a platform for research students to deposit their Ph.D. theses and make it available to the entire scholarly community in open access. The repository has the ability to capture, index, store, disseminate and preserve ETDs submitted by the researchers.

LDL: Librarian's Digital Library - Free - A repository of theses and dissertations of Documentation Research and Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute.


Submit details of your dissertation or thesis be included in the following Library and Information Science Dissertations and Theses Bibliography:

  • Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog thanks, Sandra K. Roe for suggesting some useful resources included in this list.



  • Salman Haider - Librarian Cataloger Author Blogger

  • Last Updated: 2018-07-15 
  • Written: 2016-07-12

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Some of the feedback received on this article is given below:
  • Sandra K. Roe, Librarian, Illinois State University, Editor, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly  [July 17, 2016, e-mail] -- Wow.  This is an amazing compilation, complete with search instructions   - and such a great idea to solicit other sources from the community.  Brilliant!
  • Stephen Abram, Librarian and principal with Lighthouse Consulting Inc., and executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries  [August 1, 2016, in his blog Stephen's Lighthouse] - Great list of sources – fee and free.

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